Research is not only an essential part of the work of a scientist at a university, but also contributes significantly to the continued viability and evolution of our society. On the other hand, funding institutions can ensure that their policies or programme lines are implemented at various levels by providing resources and financial means for relevant activities and projects.

The European Union, for example, has numerous funding programmes that benefit various actors in science, trade, business, the arts and culture and make their work feasible.

At the Center for Cultural Property Protection, we gained extensive experience with various funding procedures, including several EU funding programmes, through our diverse research projects. We have been involved as a project partner or lead partner in numerous EU-funded projects addressing issues and problems related to the protection of cultural goods and the preservation of our cultural heritage. We put our heart and soul, hard work and time into each of our projects to turn our visions into reality.

The journey from idea to project can be long and full of challenges that arise at different stages and levels of the project. One phase that every funded project has to go through is the development of the project proposal. This is never the same and always poses certain challenges to applicants in terms of expertise, time, logistics, budget and, of course, emotions.

At the University for Continuing Education Krems, the Grant Acquisition Team is available to researchers as a supportive partner in the preparation of project applications.

With the podcast series ‘Deep Talk - Master your skills in EU grant writing’, the Grant Acquisition Team provides researchers and students with a tool that focuses on the preparation, implementation and submission of project proposals for the EU funding programme Horizon Europe. Horizon Europe is the world's largest funding programme for research and innovation (2021 - 2027).

In the second podcast episode ‘Hands on proposal writing’, Dr. Anna Maria Kaiser (Center for Cultural Property Protection) and Dr. Albert Kraler (Center for Migration and Globalisation Research) talk to Katrin Kaineder (Grant Acquisition) about the process of applying for EU projects and address the following questions, among others: What came first: the idea or the funding programme? Why am I opting for EU funding? What is the composition of the project consortium? How does the application process work? What are their recommendations?

The podcast is available in English.

Hear episode 2 of the Deep Talk podcast here
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